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The Canadian Rockies where superlatives of grandeur become mute

Bow Lake reflection, Banff National Park. A calm lake and sweet morning light come together here for my favorite photo I have taken in the Canadian Rockies (Daryl L. Hunter/© Daryl L. Hunter)

Bow Lake reflection, Banff National Park. A calm lake and sweet morning light come together here for my favorite photo I have taken in the Canadian Rockies (Daryl L. Hunter/© Daryl L. Hunter)

Autumn along the Icefield Parkway in Banff National Park (© Daryl Hunter's "The Hole Picture/Daryl L. Hunter)

The Icefield Parkway provides endless stunning views of the Canadian Rockies from Banff to Jasper National Park –  Banff National Park prints for sale

The Canadian Rockies where superlatives of grandeur become mute in a landscape abounding with peaks competing to dominate the sky, psychedelic lakes that contend for the coolest colors of the light spectrum and rivers that appear to be a pleasing, yet reality defying mistakes in Photoshop.

Being one of the most photogenic landscapes on earth, we have all seen photos of its break away stars, iconic landscapes like Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, and Maligne Lake, but there is so much more. No matter which direction you go, it as if you had the Colorado’s San Juan Range on one side of the road, Idaho’s Sawtooth Range on the other and California’s  Sierra Nevada around the bend. All surging with prodigious streams and waterfalls spilling out of the glaciers like the Chugach Range of Alaska. Of course, all the water feeds the panoply of the colorful lakes that make the place famous.

Moraine Lake , Banff National Park (© Daryl Hunter's "The Hole Picture"/Daryl L. Hunter)

The Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake is visual nirvana for a mountain photographers like myself – Canadian Rockies prints for sale

I have had the pleasure of visiting Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Yoho National Park, and Waterton National Park, and they have wet my appetite to see more. Kootenay National and British Columbia’s Glacier National Park I’m sure are as good as the rest, hosting their own endless procession of pyramid-shaped peaks hemming in broad alpine valleys and glacier feed lakes

I have written how, where I live, close to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone has an embarrassment of riches, but I’m afraid the Canadian Rockies has hoarded more that its share of wilderness splendor relegating northwest Wyoming a notch or two down on the “embarrassment of riches scale, and I wish the Canadian Rockies weren’t so far away.

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6 thoughts on “The Canadian Rockies where superlatives of grandeur become mute

  1. Philip says:

    Well said, and captured, Daryl. I agree, the Canadian Rockies are the premier destination for photographers. There is much to love in your area, Glacier, Rainier, Olympics and other amazing parks but I haven’t found any that can quite match up with the immensity, abundance and ultimate grandeur of Canada. Been there 5 times, can’t wait to return.

    Excellent descriptive descriptions and sentiments, topped off with sensational scenes captured perfectly by a Master. Well done!

  2. Jeff Clow says:

    Your words describe the area very well….as do your photo, Daryl.

    Nicely done on both, my friend.

    • Thanks Jeff, you probably noticed that part of the description was adapted from your description of the place when you said the Icefield Parkway was like having miles and miles of the Grand Tetons on both sides of the road. Thanks again.

  3. Tracy Chin says:

    Hi Daryl! I came across your blog and really love your work. Your Canadian Rockies post takes be back to when I visited Banff and Jasper a couple of years ago. My wedding is in Oct 8. It is a Vietnamese wed and I need whole day photo shoot. Does your package include the engagement session & wedding day only? Tracy

    • Well Tracy, I’m not a wedding photographer but for a paid trip to Viet Nam I’m willing to fake it. That said you are better off getting a wedding specialist. Cheers.

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